New Collaboration Announcement!

Major Collaboration Alert

Hey friends! I am SO excited about this collaboration that we have been working on for a while now. 2020 just got a lot more organized and a lot more colorful. Some people might be over the moon but right now, I’m over the rainbow. I am so pleased to announce a major collaboration with Archer & Olive. That’s right. We worked together to combine her excellent paper, beautiful designs, and botanical patterns with some good fresh rainbow vibes to create the 2020 planner of your wildest dreams. Here’s what you can expect:

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  • Watercolor patterns with vibrant rainbow hues.

  • Hand-lettered quotes to kick off each month

  • Double bookmarks, one with that classic Archer and Olive ampersand attached at the bottom.

  • Spreads with space for memory-keeping, planning, bullet journaling or any combination of paper organizing that you love to do. 

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My hope is that people will use this planner in their daily lives to keep track of their goals, dreams and intentions. It’s the perfect way to memory-keep your past, stay on top of the present, and plan for your brightest future. How are you getting ready for 2020?

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There’s no better time to put your plans, hopes and dreams down on paper. Working with a fellow female entrepreneur to create this was a total dream. It’s limited edition and available for Pre-Order now! Thanks as always for your amazing words of encouragement and support! Let’s get our creative juices flowing in 2020!

Brush Lettering Workshop is back!

Create room quote

Exciting news. We’re back! After a bit of a hiatus to focus on many other projects, I am so pleased to announce that my modern brush lettering course is back by popular demand! So many of you have been asking about learning brush lettering and we have decided to re-release it for a limited time! It’s totally self-paced and available here. The course is something I worked hard to create a few years ago (here’s the blog post from the initial launch) and now, I’m so happy to say that you can now access all the videos and downloadable workbook once again. (If you have already purchased the course, then you will be able to access it again using the same links and logins as before.)

Many of you ask about my handwriting and want to know how I developed my style. The short answer is practice, practice, practice. The longer answer is that handwriting is all about muscle memory, which means that anyone (yes YOU) can have amazing handwriting. Now, you may not be sure how much to practice or where to even begin, which is where my class comes in handy. (Get it?!) The best part is that you don’t have to wait until I come teach an event somewhere nearby. You can start learning as soon as you complete your purchase. All you need to have is a wifi connection and a little spare time on your hands. Why not make this month or this summer a time for learning a new skill?

Before you get started, I need you to make a commitment right now– let go of any negative self talk or perfectionism. There are so many different approaches and styles when it comes to hand lettering and brush script. In this class, I go over techniques for forming letters with the tools that will help you create and define a style that’s all your own. You’ll learn the basics and how to gain confidence using my favorite supplies. You aren’t going to walk away with perfect handwriting right away, but you will have a better defined sense of your own style and maybe a new approach. So, what are you waiting for?!? Better lettering is just a few clicks away!

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Also - For three days only, when you buy a DreamBox, (you already know how much I love mine - here’s a video) you’ll get a free crown ($300 value) plus free shipping! Use my code AMYTANGERINE10 and the first 10 people will also receive a free ScrapMaBox accessory too!

Just be

Be all these things

I have been having a bit of a love/hate relationship with Instagram recently for several reasons. Do you watch my InstaStories? Apparently they can only be viewed on mobile. I love sharing all kinds of snippets there. They expire after 24 hours, and I did a little poll and got some good responses. I want to gather my thoughts a little more on the subject and then I will update you on any conclusions I've drawn. 

After I wrote this and posted it to Instagram I realized there are so many other P words I could use to add to it. Be proactive, present and polite would definitely be on the list. Can you think of others?

Five Tips for Creating a Stress-Free Home | Art Naturals

Tips for a stress-free home

I may come across as put-together, but trust me, all you have to do is feel my tense shoulders to know that a very different story is going on in my body. I am constantly stressed and anxious about everything from work and finances to whether or not I'm doing all that I can to create a happy life for my family. 

One thing I've learned is that no matter how busy I am or how long my to-do list is, I am much more productive when I make a conscious effort to de-stress. For me, the best place to start is my house! I've found that surrounding myself with things that give me an opportunity to breathe and ground myself helps me to maintain my stress level. I highly recommend creating a calming space that encourages you to relax and remember what's important in life! 

Do you notice a difference in the quality of your work when the sheer quantity of it has started to get to you? I know that I'm not alone in my stress level, and  Art Naturals has asked me to share some tactics that have helped me. 

Here are my top five tips for creating a stress-free home: 

1. Everything in its place. After 30+ years of never having proper homes for all of my belongings, I had had enough of the guilt and frustration that comes from searching endlessly for an elusive item only to end up repurchasing it. I finally realized that I am heavily influenced by my surroundings and when my living space is in disarray, my mind is in disarray. Now I consider myself to be an aspiring minimalist so I try my hardest to keep clutter to a minimum and only bring in pieces that I absolutely love. I am a work in progress and always striving to improve myself, so when I slip up, I let it go and start fresh the next day. I hope to instill this quality in Jack so that he learns the value of being organized from a very early age.

2. Create a cozy space for relaxation and reading. If you're like me, you're probably never further than a stone's throw away from your phone. As much as I love Instagram, I know that I can get easily pulled in and suddenly realize that I spent the last hour or so scrolling mindlessly through my feed instead of paying attention to what was happening in front of me. At night I make a conscious habit of putting down my phone and picking up a book instead. The act of reading instantly relaxes me plus there's nothing better than getting lost in a good story.

3. Choose your favorite photos that remind you of happy times and display them. We have framed images of Jack as a baby on the wall, photo booth strips of me and JC tacked to the fridge, and a handful of other small family pictures on the dressers in our bedrooms. The nice thing about having these photos in frames is that you can easily move them around too. Create little vignettes of happy in various spots. I love when in the midst of a busy day, one of my treasured images will stop me in my tracks and allow me to relive that special moment all over again. 

4. Invite only what you love. We enjoy entertaining and try to make our home as comfortable as possible for family and friends to drop by and share a meal with us. One of my favorite ways to foster community within our home is to have unique conversation pieces that cause others to take note and start a discussion. Since we decided when we bought our house in 2013 that we would only bring in the things we love, our home is full of the things that bring us joy. We have a bookshelf in our main living space that holds some of our favorite books in rainbow order and nearly every person that enters our house makes a comment about it. We also have an owl collection throughout our home that also makes for interesting conversation. 

5. Think about all five senses. Not only is important for your surroundings to appeal to you visually, but they should also bring comfort to your other senses as well. I love having soft textiles underfoot, calm or upbeat music (depending on my mood) playing on our speakers, lots of healthy foods in the kitchen, and soothing fragrances permeating throughout our home. One of my favorite ways to achieve the latter is by diffusing essential oils in this Art Naturals Blue Tooth Oil Diffuser. My go-to essential oil mix is 1-2 drops of tea tree oil, 1-2 drops of eucalyptus, and 3 drops of lavender essential oil. Talk about instant relaxation! 

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the notion of overhauling your home into a spa-like experience, don't panic. My advice would be to be to START SMALL. Choose one area in your living space that already makes you the happiest -- perhaps the room with the best light or the one that is used for savoring your morning coffee -- and tackle that room first. If a room is too large and intimidating, simply start with a smaller spot like an entry way table. Then you can move onto a different area. Once you have created a calming environment in one room, use that momentum to propel you to the next room until you have worked your way through your entire house. 

And if it would make more sense for you to wait until your schedule calms down before you tackle anything on this list, I made a little piece of art that will keep you from forgetting about it. Pin this graphic on Pinterest to remind yourself to take the time to de-stress when you have a chance to!

Create a Stress-Free Home

Now, I'm going to turn it over to you! How do you de-stress when the weight on your shoulders is getting to you? And what are some ways that you're hoping to make your home more relaxing? 

FOR 10% off at ART NATURALS, USE CODE: Diffuser10

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Art Naturals but all opinions and experiences I mentioned are my own. My creative partners and I really appreciate your continued support! 

Lettering on the iPad Pro + Free download!

Brene Brown quote lettered by Amy Tangerine

Though I don't plan on doing Motivational Monday every week this year, I do want to continue to share inspiring quotes and new things with you. Ever since I got my iPad Pro late last year, I have been really into playing around with the Procreate app. Many of you have asked for a tutorial, so here is my version of that in a YouTube video:

I have a BIG, HUGE announcement coming very soon! If you're a newsletter subscriber, perhaps you may have already gotten the email! EEPS!